Wring

Definition of Wring

v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Wrung Obs. Wringed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Wringing.]
1.To twist and compress; to turn and strain with violence; to writhe; to squeeze hard; to pinch; as, to wring clothes in washing.
[His steed] so sweat that men might him wring.
- Chaucer.
The king began to find where his shoe did wring him.
- Bacon.
The priest shall bring it [a dove] unto the altar, and wring off his head.
- Lev. i. 15.
2.Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
Too much grieved and wrung by an uneasy and strait fortune.
- Clarendon.
Didst thou taste but half the griefs
That wring my soul, thou couldst not talk thus coldly.
- Addison.
3.To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
How dare men thus wring the Scriptures?
- Whitgift.
4.To extract or obtain by twisting and compressing; to squeeze or press (out); hence, to extort; to draw forth by violence, or against resistance or repugnance; - usually with out or form.
Your overkindness doth wring tears from me.
- Shak.
He rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece.
- Judg. vi. 38.
5.To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance.
To wring the widow from her 'customed right.
- Shak.
The merchant adventures have been often wronged and wringed to the quick.
- Hayward.
6.(Naut.) To bend or strain out of its position; as, to wring a mast.
v. i.1.To writhe; to twist, as with anguish.
'T is all men's office to speak patience
To those that wring under the load of sorrow.
- Shak.
Look where the sister of the king of France
Sits wringing of her hands, and beats her breast.
- Marlowe.
n.1.A writhing, as in anguish; a twisting; a griping.

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